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September 2016

Does Neuroscience Teach That We Have No Souls?

September 21, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Connelly Center Cinema, Villanova University, Connelly Center, Villanova, PA 19085
Villanova, PA 19085 United States
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Many Christians believe that we are necessarily committed to body-soul dualism, while most neuroscientists proceed on the assumption that we are purely physical organisms. Dr. Murphy's purpose is to show that dualism is not an essential Christian teaching, and that a physicalist account can be reconciled with both Scripture and with a significant part of the Christian tradition, so long as the account does not reduce us merely to the product of physical laws.     To view the flyer…

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Do Humans Have Minds? Neuroscientific and Biblical Issues

September 22, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Nancey Murphy, PhD, looks briefly at theological views of human nature and at critical points in history when science influenced these views. The major emphasis will be to illustrate the many ways neuroscience is calling body-soul or body-mind dualism into question, and promoting a physicalist account—that is, describing humans as purely physical organisms. However, the claim that we are composed of matter must not be taken to imply that higher human faculties are simply determined by material laws.    …

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Scarred by Struggle with Joan Chittister, OSB

September 25, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Sorgenti Arena, 9601 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Chestnut Hill College’s Institute for Forgiveness and Reconciliation is happy to announce the upcoming presentation on SUNDAY afternoon, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 by Joan Chittister, OSB, entitled Scarred by Struggle. As we look at our world, our political system, our church, our neighborhoods, our families and our own hearts, we see that we all bear the scars of struggle, past and present. Joan Chittister has become for many of us a prophetic, wisdom figure, who boldly speaks from where she stands.…

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October 2016

Outsourcing Memory? Can we Upload our Memory to a Computer?

October 24, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Professor Herzfeld will examine how our increasing dependence on computers as our outsourced memory alters not only our recollection of the past but the present as well, affecting how we relate to one another and how we understand ourselves. To view the flyer for this event, click here. For directions please see the map below.

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November 2016

5th Annual Interdisciplinary Sustainability Conference

November 4, 2016 - November 5, 2016
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Science, Public Policy and Faith Traditions in Environmental Relationships Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA November 4 -5, 2016

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Probing the Universe with Gravitational Waves

November 10, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Science Education and Research Center, Temple University, 1925 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Dean's Distinguished Lecture - Probing the Universe with Gravitational Waves by Rainer Weiss, Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Science Education and Research Center, Main Campus 1925 N. 12th Street Temple University Thursday, November 10 at 4:00 PM Space is limited. Please RSVP to Barbara.fles@temple.edu For the event flier, click Here

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Science, Subjective Consciousness, and Faith: Struggling to Hold It All Together

November 13, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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As the sciences advance, questions of subjective human consciousness share the stage with religion and philosophy. Conflicts and difficulties arise for Christians in theory and practice. For instance, how can the psychology of religious experience be understood? Together we will explore this question which will hopefully induce creative insights and further explorations. Sidney Callahan, PhD is a writer who seeks to integrate Christian faith and the intellectual challenges of our culture. Her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology is from the City…

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Open Dome Night

November 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Observatory – 5th Floor SJH, 9801 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19118 United States
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Join us for open dome night on the 6th floor of Saint Joseph's Hall. We'll be opening up the astronomy tower to look at the stars! Click Here for more information. Check out the Open Dome Night trailer!

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January 2017

Human Origins: Recent Findings from Genetics

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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John Braverman, SJ, PhD Associate Professor of Biology, St. Joseph University 7 pm, January 25 (February 1, in case of snow) Where did we come from? This lecture offers an informed updating using current scientific conclusions from population genetics. The origin of modern humans, their migrations, and interbreeding with other species is presented in dialog with Catholic theology. For event flyer, click here

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June 2017

The Magi Project: Science and Theology

June 5 @ 8:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm

Physical science, which is ordered towards the exploration of the physical world, can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God, who is pure spirit. However, contemplation of the physical Universe can lead people to ask deeper questions about meaning and human existence which can lead them to think deeply about the existence of God and the spiritual life. Contemplation of the Universe can also lead them to develop ideas about God based on their experiences of the physical Universe.…

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